Loddon Valley Link


We have said quite a few goodbyes recently; as Karen West says in her minister’s letter it is a time of change. Our centre pages include pictures of Stephen Ball’s final services. Many thanks to Karen for the lovely photos, including the one on the cover. Karen herself is of course taking a momentous but exciting step as she prepares for her imminent ordination. See p. 6 for details.
Talking of photos, there is a reminder of our annual photo competition - don’t forget to send in your entries. Since we have been running it the competition has made a huge difference to the quality of our front covers - we have a database of lovely local photos to choose from. No scratching around on the web any more!contents
As Simon mentioned in the editorial in the June issue it was his last issue as editor. It is not quite goodbye as he is remaining on the Loddon Valley Link Committee and we are glad that we will continue to benefit from his expert advice. See p. 11. We are looking forward to Alan Seabrooke coming on board as Editor but we could still do with another one - so if you fancy having a go contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Sadly the hoped-for end to lockdown has had to be postponed but we are looking forward to getting out and about. On p. 22 we have a ‘save the date’ for a village picnic to be held in September. Further details will follow in the August Link. And Messy Church is starting up again, with a picnic on 16th July (p. 20).
We are once again offering grants to local charitable organisations (p. 16).
As well as the regular features, including Richard’s tips for what you should be doing in your garden in July, we have features on a new youth web site, the Diocese of Winchester’s environment strategy, and the latest meeting of Arts Society Basingstoke.
Let us have your feedback on the magazine by contacting the editor at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and remember that you can support the Loddon Valley Link at www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ causes/loddonvalleylink


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